An unusual element of last night's dreaming was very strange because it seemed to involve sleep paralysis while dreaming. I only recall a few occasions of genuine sleep paralysis while half-awake, but apparently it's not unusual (though it can be terrifying if one doesn't know what it is, and if it's attended by a feeling of an alien presence nearby). In the dream, I thought I had woken up in a strange hotel room and thought the door was wide open and unlocked, possibly with someone standing there, and struggled to move and react. Eventually I managed to get up and look outside, and felt relieved that there was no one outside; I was even more relieved that it was actually a nice sunny day outside as I looked down from the balcony on an unfamiliar neighborhood.
Another dream centered around a visit to some rural relatives, and was most memorable for one scene in which I looked out a window and saw President Obama riding on the back of a tractor driven by some cousin, with the president generally hamming it up while the cousin spun circles in a partially-harvested field. Also curious was my obsession with trying to "mow" many things on the farm despite being a guest, including the half-harvested field where I saw the president, and a book with old and frayed pages.